1. lacking in energy or will

    Synonyms : inactive
    Antonyms : active
    Examples :
    • Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself
  2. peacefully resistant in response to injustice

    Synonyms : peaceful
    Examples :
    • passive resistance
  3. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb

    Synonyms : passive voice
    Type Of : voice
    Examples :
    • `The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice
    • `The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive
  4. expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb

    Antonyms : active
    Examples :
    • academics seem to favor passive sentences


  1. resistant to guidance or discipline

    Synonyms : contrary, obstinate, wayward
    Examples :
    • a perverse mood
  2. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

    Synonyms : depraved, perverted, reprobate
  3. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

    Examples :
    • took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans


  1. creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire

    Synonyms : erotica, porn, porno, smut
    Type Of : creation, creative activity


  1. represent, as of a character on stage

    Synonyms : be, embody
    Type Of : typify, represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize
  2. attribute human qualities to something

    Synonyms : personate
    Type Of : ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
  3. invest with or as with a body; give body to

    Synonyms : body
    Type Of : be, embody


  1. a person (usually a psychologist but sometimes a linguist) who studies the psychological basis of human language

    Type Of : linguist, linguistic scientist, psychologist


  1. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

    Synonyms : parsimoniousness, parsimony, thrift
    Type Of : frugality, frugalness
  2. giving or spending with reluctance

    Synonyms : cheeseparing, close, near, skinny
    Examples :
    • a penny-pinching miserly old man


  1. move heavily or clumsily

    Synonyms : lumber
    Type Of : walk
  2. partition off into compartments

    Synonyms : pound off
    Type Of : partition off, partition
    Examples :
    • The locks pound the water of the canal
  3. hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument

    Synonyms : poke, thump
    Type Of : hit
    Examples :
    • the salesman pounded the door knocker
  4. the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents

    Synonyms : cypriot pound
    Type Of : cypriot monetary unit
  5. move rhythmically

    Synonyms : beat, thump
    Type Of : move
  6. a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)

    Synonyms : pound sign
    Type Of : symbol
  7. the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)

    Synonyms : hammer, hammering, pounding
    Type Of : blow
    Examples :
    • the pounding of feet on the hallway
  8. a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs

    Synonyms : dog pound
    Type Of : enclosure
    Examples :
    • unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound
  9. the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters

    Synonyms : syrian pound
    Type Of : syrian monetary unit
  10. a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec

    Synonyms : lbf.
    Type Of : force unit
  11. the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence

    Synonyms : british pound, british pound sterling, pound sterling, quid
    Type Of : british monetary unit
  12. formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence

    Synonyms : irish pound, irish punt, punt
    Type Of : irish monetary unit
  13. 16 ounces avoirdupois

    Synonyms : lb
    Type Of : avoirdupois unit
    Examples :
    • he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds
  14. the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters

    Synonyms : lebanese pound
    Type Of : lebanese monetary unit
  15. the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters

    Synonyms : sudanese pound
    Type Of : sudanese monetary unit
  16. shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

    Synonyms : pound up
    Type Of : restrain, confine, constrain, hold
    Examples :
    • The prisoners are safely pounded
  17. place or shut up in a pound

    Synonyms : impound
    Type Of : confine, hold, restrain, constrain
    Examples :
    • pound the cows so they don't stray
  18. the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters

    Synonyms : egyptian pound
    Type Of : egyptian monetary unit
  19. strike or drive against with a heavy impact

    Synonyms : ram, ram down
    Type Of : thrust
    Examples :
    • pound on the door
  20. United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)

    Synonyms : ezra loomis pound, ezra pound
  21. a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy

    Type Of : force unit
  22. break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle

    Type Of : fragmentise, fragmentize, fragment, break up
    Examples :
    • pound the roots with a heavy flat stone


  1. the form of government of a social organization

    Synonyms : civil order
    Type Of : order
  2. a politically organized unit

    Type Of : organisation, organization
  3. shrewd or crafty management of public affairs

    Type Of : administration, disposal
    Examples :
    • we was innocent of stratagems and polity


  1. bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects

    Synonyms : peckerwood, woodpecker
    Type Of : piciform bird
  2. horny projecting mouth of a bird

    Synonyms : beak, bill, neb, nib
    Type Of : mouth
  3. obscene terms for penis

    Synonyms : cock, dick, prick, putz, shaft, tool
    Type Of : member, phallus, penis


  1. bound by or as if by an oath

    Synonyms : sworn